Fall World Affairs Council Series at UNC Asheville Begins Sept. 19 with Talk by Elizabeth O. Colton on the Media’s Impact on Diplomacy


Veteran journalist, diplomat and educator Elizabeth O. Colton will begin the fall World Affairs Council lecture series with a talk titled Conflicting Headlines: The Politics of Foreign Policy & Diplomacy in the News, at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center.

Colton’s career as a journalist included Emmy-winning work covering foreign policy and world news for ABC News. She also worked for NBC News, Newsweek, NPR, Mutual Broadcasting, Asiaweek, and Far Eastern Economic Review. Colton also established the International Journalism Center at Shenandoah University, where she was professor of mass communication. She was a founding member of the Women’s Foreign Policy Council.

As a U.S. Foreign Service officer, she was the spokesperson/press attaché in frontline posts in Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq, Sudan, and Algeria, and held diplomatic posts in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. She also served as chief of staff in the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Scientific Affairs.

An Asheville native who once wrote columns for the Asheville Citizen-Times as a teenager, Colton is now working to complete several books as a visiting research scholar at UNC Asheville. Through her firm, EO Colton & Associates Global Collaboration, Colton also is a consultant linking people and groups internationally, and serving as a moderator and trainer for online diplomacy courses offered by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research.

The World Affairs Council lecture series at UNC Asheville will continue with lectures in October, November and December:

  • Oct. 3 – Crisis in Venezuela, with Maria Moreno.
  • Nov. 7 – Germany, Europe, and the Future of Transatlantic Relations, with Helga Welsh.
  • Dec. 5 – The State of the Middle East in the post-ISIS Era, with Ali Demirdas.

The lectures are sponsored by the WNC chapter of the World Affairs Council, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville, and the university's Department of Political Science.

Admission to World Affairs Council presentations at UNC Asheville is $10 for the public; free to members of the World Affairs Council and UNC Asheville students. For more information, visit the OLLI website or call 828.251.6140.